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Arkansas senior C Zach Rogers is giving up football to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Rogers' father tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Rogers has already had two interviews with two police agencies in Washington County (Ark.). He started five games for the Razorbacks in 2017 after All-SEC performer Frank Ragnow suffered a season-ending injury. With Ragnow graduating and Rogers leaving, Arkansas does not have a player on the roster who has played center. That could be challenge for new coach Chad Morris and the new Arkansas offense.
Jan 19 - 4:37 PM

Arkansas hired SMU OC Joe Craddock to serve in the same capacity.

Not the best kept of secrets -- this one was first reported as in the works during the first week of December. Craddock follows HC Chad Morris over to Fayetteville. He had been on staff with the Mustangs from the start of Morris' tenure there in 2015. The 32-year-old helped guide SMU to S&P+'s No. 12 offense during the 2017 season. Expect Arkansas to run a variation of the "smashmouth spread" attack that was run with great success at SMU. Arkansas offered little in the way of offensive spark this year and it's probably going to take a year or two to get this ship back afloat.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 9 - 1:03 PM

Arkansas hired Texas A&M DC John Chavis to serve in the same capacity.

"It’s so important to play great defense in the SEC and Coach Chavis brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and success in the league to the table," said Razorbacks HC Chad Morris. Expect Morris -- very much an offensive mind -- to lean heavily on Chavis' expertise on the defensive side of the ball. He had spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator for Texas A&M and previously held the post at LSU (2009-14) and Tennessee (1995-08). Morris has never coached in the SEC before and Chavis' recruiting ties in the conference are going to be key in addition to his extensive experience as a coordinator. Arkansas ranked 112th defensively on S&P+ during the 2017 season.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 9 - 12:36 PM

Football Scoop reports that Arkansas will hire Boise State DL coach Steve Caldwell.

Reports broke on Friday morning that Caldwell, who has been on staff at Boise State for the past four seasons, would be leaving for a job in the southeast. Arkansas is a logical landing spot, as he worked with reported new Razorbacks DC John Chavis at Tennessee from 1995-2008.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 08:53:00 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Boise State DL coach Steve Caldwell is stepping down.

Per the Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn, Caldwell is leaving the Broncos in order to move for a job closer to the southeast, where he has roots. He floats Arkansas as a potential landing spot. He was hired as part of Bryan Harsin's initial staff in Boise during the offseason of 2014.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 05:40:00 PM

Texas A&M DC John Chavis is expected to be named the defensive coordinator at Arkansas after the Belk Bowl.

Chavis would serve as the defensive coordinator under new Razorbacks' coach Chad Morris. The 61-year-old defensive guru has been the coordinator for Texas A&M since 2015. Prior to that, he served as DC for Tennessee from 1995 to 2008, and then served in the same capacity for LSU from 2009 to 2014. Arkansas was a travesty on defense in 2017, ranking 102nd in the country. It'll be up to Chavis and likely a few more new coaches to bump that up if the Razorbacks are going to be bowl-eligible in 2018.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 08:48:00 PM

SMU three-star 2018 verbal WR commit Mike Woods flipped to Arkansas.

Woods (6'2/188) just wasn't ready to let new Razorbacks HC Chad Morris go, as this flip lines up neatly with Morris' decision to jump from SMU to Arkansas. The wideout is the first recruit Morris has connected on in Fayetteville. Somewhat remarkably, Arkansas was heading toward a recruiting class without a single wideout before Woods broke the seal with his pledge.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 12:57:00 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Adam Grosbard reports that SMU OL coach Dustin Fry will take the same position at Arkansas.

Fry served as offensive line coach at SMU from 2015-17. He was part of new Arkansas HC Chad Morris' initial staff with the Mustangs. Fry is not alone in reportedly following Morris to Fayetteville, as SMU OC Joe Craddock is also expected to stick with the head coach.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 04:09:00 PM

Arkansas hired SMU HC Chad Morris to serve in the same capacity.

The Razorbacks have inked Morris to a six-year, $21 million contract, which works out to an annual salary of $3.5 million. He'll have the opportunity to add onto that via incentives. Morris' Mustangs went 7-5 this season in what was a fantastic turnaround effort by the coach -- his crew went just 2-10 in his inaugural campaign back in 2015. Prior to SMU, he had spent the previous four seasons serving as Clemson's offensive coordinator. While Arkansas was reportedly pining after Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Memphis' Mike Norvell -- both of whom have been given new contracts with their respective programs over the last few days -- Morris should not just be considered a consolation prize. He's a bright offensive mind in his own right and if this hire pans out, you can expect Arkansas to start to put up points in bunches once he has his system and staff installed.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 02:53:00 PM

Football Scoop reports that SMU OC Joe Craddock will join Arkansas HC Chad Morris' staff.

Morris has reportedly finalized a deal to serve as head coach for the Razorbacks. Old friend Craddock, 32, will be on the way, too, it would appear. The offensive coordinator is a long-time Morris associate, as the two worked together for three years at Clemson before leaving for SMU together in the winter of 2015.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 02:05:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low report that Arkansas has finalized a deal with SMU HC Chad Morris to serve in the same capacity.

Arkansas was initially hoping to lure Auburn HC Gus Malzahn over to Fayetteville, but the program locked him up with a new contract on Sunday. Memphis HC Mike Norvell was believed to be their second choice, but he, too, received a fresh deal earlier this week. Now on to Morris. We feel like it's a rock-solid hire, as Morris brings a high-powered offensive attack to the table that Arkansas had been utterly lacking under former HC Bret Bielema. He's also shown the ability to turn around a program in relatively short order -- SMU went 2-10 in 2015, Morris' first year on the job, but improved to 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 for the current season. And Arkansas does not figure to be nearly as much of an uphill rebuild.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 01:52:00 PM

Arkansas senior QB Austin Allen accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Allen dealt with a bothersome shoulder injury for about a month this season and finished the year with 1,427 passing yards (56.1% completions) with a 10/5 TD/INT ratio across eight games played. Even taking the injury concern into account, it was a disappointing season for the senior after he put up 3,430 passing yards (61.1% completions) with a 25/15 TD/INT ratio in 2016. We do not expect him to see much draft interest come the spring.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 08:07:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports that Arkansas is expected to finalize a deal with SMU HC Chad Morris over the next 24 hours.

With Auburn and Memphis locking up Gus Malzahn and Mike Norvell, respectively, Arkansas has turned its attention to Morris. He served as Clemson's offensive coordinator from 2011-14 before taking over as head coach of the Mustangs. At SMU, Morris' team struggled to a 2-10 record in 2015, but has made noticeable progress over the past two seasons, rising up to 5-7 in 2016 before finishing out the regular-season campaign with a 7-5 mark this year while putting out a mostly well-oiled-machine of an offense. He would bring a level of excitement to Fayetteville that's been missing under the watch of the deposed Bret Bielema. Football Scoop is reporting that Morris would be looking to bring on Clemson DC Brent Venables to his staff if he does, indeed, land at Arkansas. That would be a spectacular get -- Venables is one of best defensive coordinators in all the land.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 06:38:00 PM

Tennessee radio host Jimmy Hyams reports school officials and SMU head coach Chad Morris met in Dallas Tuesday night.

Morris made his name as Clemson's offensive coordinator from 2011 to 2014 before departing for SMU. He turned a 2-10 Mustangs program in 2015 to a 7-5 program in 2017.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Football Scoop reports that Tennessee will meet with SMU HC Chad Morris on Wednesday.

Morris has been at the helm of SMU since the start of the 2015 season. The Mustangs struggled to a 2-10 record in that inaugural campaign, but they improved to 5-7 a year ago and finished the 2017 regular season with a 7-5 record. Should Morris pass on the Vols, Jimmy Hyams of Gridiron Now hears that Auburn DC Kevin Steele could see some interest. Tennessee was just reportedly spurned by Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy after they laid a six-year, $42 million contract at his feet earlier on Tuesday. Duke's David Cutcliffe has likewise spurned the Vols, while the one deal they had that was actually close to coming together -- with Ohio State DC Greg Schiano -- fell apart on Sunday due largely to internet backlash. Tennessee fired HC Butch Jones on November 12.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 10:25:00 PM


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